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#1 Key To Preventing Tax Identity Theft

Are you worried about tax identity crooks taking away your return? Here's the best way to outsmart them... How to beat the tax return ID thieves at their own game During the last few years, crooks have been stealing people's Social Security numbers and then filing false returns as though ...

Bi-monthly mortgage plans can be a ripoff

Bi-monthly mortgage plans can be a ripoff

Many homeowners looking to pay off their mortgage early are setting up official bi-monthly payment plans. Why it’s a bad idea, and what to do instead.

Why credit repair companies are a ripoff

Why credit repair companies are a ripoff

Some companies claim they can help you clean up your bad credit. Why it's a ripoff and how you can avoid it.

 

3 Tips to Get the Most Value Out of Gift Cards

Gift cards are really popular this time of year. But when you buy one, I want to make sure you are protected. Is your gift card going to be emptied before you even use it? Gift cards sold off display racks at stores are becoming a hot target for scamsters ...

Why You Need To Turn Paper Statements Back On

Another day, another report about major security breaches! I read recently about a ring of hackers figured out how to break into the big banks' back office system in the fall of 2013. To this point, at least $1 billion has been stolen. And that's the floor, not the ceiling, ...

Watch out for this IRS phone scam

Watch out for this IRS phone scam

An ugly IRS phone scam is cheating people across America out of thousands. What look for and how to avoid it.

Important: Protect against the Anthem breach

Important: Protect against the Anthem breach

The Anthem security breach affects eighty million people, and it's the most harmful one in memory. Here are the steps you need to take now to make sure your information is safe.

Fake IRS Phone Scam Making the Rounds

In the leadup to April 15, scamsters are working overtime trying to get your money in a continuing phone scam. The Internal Revenue Service reports sophisticated IRS impostors are calling people and demanding immediate payment. In some cases they're also impersonating local law enforcement and threatening you with immediate arrest ...

Payday lenders spreading like wildfire

Payday lenders spreading like wildfire

There are now more payday lenders in America than there are McDonald’s. Why you should avoid payday loans.

 

5 Misleading Ads That Can Wipe Out Your Wallet

The motto of my show is "save more, spend less, and avoid ripoffs." But what if you can’t recognize those ripoffs when you’re faced with alluring advertising pitches? Here are 5 kinds of misleading ads to watch out for. Pay your home off in half the time! You can pay ...

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